Four in particular stand out: 'fields which don't explode beneath the feet of running children in a nightmare heat. So, it stands to reason, that I must first analyse the quote from Shakespeare's will, before addressing the poem itself, as Carol Ann Duffy has drawn our attention to it. His only light in the room to see is the red light. It is highly recommended that you have a go at analysing each of the remaining three quotes, as this is an active way of both revising this poem and practising the skills you need for your exam essays. Dark contains the idea of evil, moral darkness, and red is associated with blood. That image endures throughout the poem. Attitude Duffy appears to admire the photographer, and be critical of the rest of us.
No one has conquered hearts with a gaudy show of strength. The photographer realizes that people are not influenced by his work for more than a short time. This puts a critical tone in the editor for showing a lack of simpathy for the suffering in the world. Point It can be difficult for us to relate to suffering in faraway countries and so to make us feel angry and guilty about it Duffy has to use some disturbing and powerful images, images we would rather not think about, or really see. The poem uses traditional images of valentine as a starting point, before showing how an onion is much more true to the nature of love. However, knowing this is not essential for understanding the poem, which could apply to any number of photographers who have had similar careers. Even the act of sex is called penetration! He has has a degree in English literature from Delhi University, and Mass Communication from Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, Delhi.
He remembers the cries of this man's wife, how he sought approval without words to do what someone must and how the blood stained into foreign dust. People are glad to distance themselves from the harsh realities of war whilst keeping themselves informed of, and superficially sympathetic to these real life situations. Many of her poems are based on true experiences and real people. It causes us to think about how the victims of war suffer but also the people who witness it and survive as the man in the poem did. The poem not only explores the gory results of war, but it also talks about the internal conflict going on in the heart and mind of the photographer who takes war-photographs. He thinks of the differences between the places he has just visited and the place he calls home. In the end, it is up to you as a reader to decide what you think.
She has studied philosophy at Liverpool University. The poets studied have been writing about loss and suffering from the early part of the twentieth century like W. How do the poets you have studied explore the theme of loss and conflict? The war photographer mindfully prepares to develop in the tray of liquid for the prints to become clear. This line is alone to show this isn 't a generic story and adds to the love as it shows they have a connection where love isn 't stereotypical, it 's strange and different to what most people know love to be… is highly sexed he 's virile. From the aeroplane he stares impassively at where he earns his living and they do not care. She has four younger brothers. He notices as photographs develop before his eyes.
Duffy is immensely fascinated by what makes someone do such a job and how they feel about being in situations where a choice often has to be made between either helping or recording horrific events. We seem to be on the border between poem and prose-poem here. The daughter reminisces about the time when her mother was young and carefree. Third Stanza In the third stanza of War Photographer, the poet creates a very strange situation for the readers. Analysis This image is effective because we would normally think of 'running children' in 'fields' as an image of fun. He wants to be in the present moment but his hands tremble due to memories of the painful war zones he has witnessed. It includes the type of stanzas the poet uses, and their rhyme scheme.
This only applies if the previous line ends a sentence. Duffy makes it clear that these wars are happening across the world, from Europe Belfast , to the Middle East Beirut to Asia Phnom Penh. Dharmender Kumar Dharmender is a writer by passion, and a lawyer by profession. She decided that she was going to be a poet at the age of 14. He has a job to do. The War Photographer by Scottish Poet, Carole Anne Duffy born 1955 is a powerful poem widely used in British schools for young people to reflect on and write about. Loss and suffering seems to affect everyone no matter where they come from.
We can imagine the scene of the photographer pausing before taking the shot, thus doing the woman the courtesy of refusing permission should she have so wished. Emigrating in childhood is leaving a culture, a language and a home behind. He knows that all of his work will be reduced to just a few pictures in a glossy magazine. This is a contrast between the photographer's home and where his job takes him. Imagery Duffy creates some powerful and disturbing images in this poem. Contrastingly, the fact his hands now tremble tells us, that because he is home to a normal, quiet life compared to his working life he has time to reflect and the fact he can't control the movements of his hands convey just how much he has been affected by his experiences of war. Or do I do something to help? It probably makes more sense to regard the war photographer as a generic example rather than a specific person.
However, elsewhere Duffy does not spell out her feelings, she allows readers to make their own judgements. The first stanza of six lines reminds us of the loneliness of the war photographer in the darkroom as he develops his photographs of war and the terrible suffering he has witnessed. One of the most memorable photographs to emerge from the Vietnam War 1955-75 was one that showed the aftermath of a napalm attack on a Vietnamese village. Incidentally, it is interesting to note that the Nick Ut photograph, referred to above, was greeted by something that was far from indifference. The poem is about how he deals with this kind of traumatic experience. May also create an image of mass graves, ranks of soldiers creating a symbolic link to the horrors of war which are depicted on the films themselves. .
He has a job to do. It is also worth bearing in mind that there is a contrast between the constant threat to life on the battlefield and the immortality that photographs taken at the time can offer to the outside world. Both poems are written in the first person in the form of a dramatic monologue. Duffy uses these mythological characters for a poem, that is rich of different text worlds. He remembers the cries of this man's wife, how he sought approval without words to do what someone must and how the blood stained into foreign dust. War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy The poem is about a man who had to travel to a war zone to take photos and create stories about the conflict happening which would be presented to the public. So that a simple word like 'dust' can carry lots of possible meaning.
The use of a minor sentence here creates a contrast, rural makes us think of inner cities, full of people and life. Sometimes this gulf can make it difficult for us to relate to these people. New Criticism asserts that only analysis of concrete and specific examples existing within the text can accurately assess literary work 135. Duffy uses techniques like metaphors, symbolism and imagery. The subject of the poem could well be Don McCullin born 1935 , who had a long career as a photojournalist in several fields of conflict including Belfast, Beirut and Cambodia, as mentioned in the last line of the first stanza, and who was known personally to Carol Ann Duffy at a time in the 1970s. Critical Analysis of War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy In his darkroom he is finally alone with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows.